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Eagle & Badge Foundation Gala – September 26th

On Saturday, September 26th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, the Los Angeles Police Protective League's Eagle & Badge Foundation will present the 2009 Eagle & Badge Gala Dinner, raising funds to help the families of police officers and the children in the communities served by LAPD.

California's prison crisis: Be very afraid

Time Magazine

State prison system hobbled by massive overcrowding, program cuts and understaffed facilities.

Contract talks heat up between L.A., firefighters

LA Times

Contract talks between Los Angeles negotiators and the city firefighters union are heating up, and not in a good way.

Former U.S. Atty. Debra Yang named to L.A. police commission

LA TImes

A prominent attorney has been tapped to join the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, filling out the depleted civilian panel at a pivotal time as it begins the search for a replacement for outgoing Police Chief William J. Bratton.

Uncertain fiscal crisis awaits next governor


The next governor of California will face a financial crisis of undetermined magnitude, but most of the candidates for the job have offered scant clues as to what they would do about it.

Budget woes inflict pain on state court system

Capitol Weekly

The current round of state budget cuts has affected not only state workers, but also the employees of California 's court system. Beginning Sept. 16, California courts, facing an estimated $415 million in state budget cuts, will be closed on the third Wednesday of every month.

Retiring Los Angeles Police Chief Has Book Deal

Associated Press

Retiring Los Angeles police chief William J. Bratton has book deal; set for release in 2011.

Republicans urge cutbacks over freeing inmates early

LA Times

Plan calls for closing juvenile facilities and slashing rehabilitation programs to keep prisoners behind bars.

L.A.'s new disaster response center officially opens

LA Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today officially opened the city’s new $107-million, high-tech Emergency Operations Center, the nerve center where officials will coordinate the city’s response to major earthquakes, wildfires, acts of terrorism and other potential disasters and public safety threats.

At Chino, mute evidence speaks of violent riot

LA Times

Officers search for hidden weapons amid scattered debris and the smell of burned wood. Officials aren't sure when damaged dorms may reopen, stressing an already crowded prison system.

L.A. police commissioners begin search for new chief

Daily News

Los Angeles police commissioners on Tuesday began the process of replacing LAPD Chief William Bratton, saying they want to hold an open selection with extensive public involvement.

Los Angeles police commemorate Dragnet series

City News Service

A first-day-of-issue ceremony was held today for a 20-stamp set honoring TV series of the 1950s, with Los Angeles Police Department officials paying special tribute to the stamp commemorating the cop show "Dragnet."

L.A. firefighter union posts signs on impact of budget cuts

LA Times blog

The union representing Los Angeles firefighters is posting "danger" signs at firehouses where rescue units are being shut down due to strained city finances.

Dormitory burns down in Chino prison riot

LA Times

55 inmates are taken to hospitals after a riot touched off by fighting among Latino and African American prisoners shuts down a 1,300-man unit of the California Institution for Men.

Bratton says L.A. voters got a bargain

Daily News

Like any bond measure approved by voters, there was wide skepticism if the city could deliver on its promises with Proposition Q, the $600 million bond measure approved in 2002 to build new police facilities around the city. As he prepares to depart in October, Police Chief William Bratton said the city not only delivered on the 14 facilities promised in the measure, it was able to find enough in savings to fund improvement projects at the Police Academy and Northeast Division, and provide a new separate facility for the Metro Division with remodeling at the old Rampart Division.

Just the facts, ma'am: A stamp for LAPD's "Dragnet"

LA Times blog

The United States Postal Service will begin selling a new "Dragnet" postage stamp on Tuesday, officials say.

Bratton says successor's biggest hurdles will be budget, gangs

LA Times

Discussing the LAPD's future a day after announcing his departure, Chief William J. Bratton reflects on his tenure, assesses possible successors and warms to the idea of his name on new headquarters.

Recession isn't over for California

Sacramento Bee

The layoffs tapered off in July and the economy seems poised for recovery. Except in California.

Fast police work led to suspect's arrest in Hollywood attacks

LA Times

Los Angeles police arrest Domingo Rodas, 53, Thursday afternoon in connection with the stabbing of four homeless men, two fatally.

Choosing the next L.A. police chief

LA Times

Villaraigosa, saying it will be his most important decision as mayor, favors a candidate who would largely continue the policies of the departing Bratton.

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